Mitch M. Bartnik |

Mitch M. Bartnik

Mitch M. Bartnik of Glenwood Springs died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, at Valley View Hospital.

He was 69.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 5, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 1885 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs, with burial following at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.

Mr. Bartnik was born May 25, 1934, in Warsaw, Poland, to Wieslaw and Sofia Bartnik. His father was a presidentially decorated army officer.

A childhood spent in Europe found an adventurous spirit ready to explore the world around him.

He and his fiancee, Teresa, escaped from Poland separately.

They were married Aug. 18, 1962, in Paris, France.

The couple lived in New York, Chicago, Miami, San Diego and Denver before settling in Glenwood Springs nearly 30 years ago.

In Chicago, Mr. Bartnik attempted to continued his studies in veterinary science begun in Poland. But the language barrier proved to be overwhelming at that time. While working to support his young family, Mr. Bartnik graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in biological sciences.

He later became a registered respiratory therapist.

Working in a variety of research capacities at various institutions, Mr. Bartnik eventually accepted a position as head of respiratory therapy at Valley View Hospital.

He later bought the Starlight Lodge. The hospitality industry became his pride and passion.

He enjoyed meeting and talking with a myriad of people.

With the great help of his wife, and through the struggles of being self-employed, the family grew and prospered.

Mr. Bartnik enjoyed traveling and appreciated the artistic side of things. Later in life he discovered Mexico, and the time spent exploring that country provided him with much enjoyment.

Mr. Bartnik was an active and vocal participant in local activities, particularly politics. He held a genuine concern for the betterment of Glenwood Springs.

He had many thoughts, visions, plans and projects that over time would continue to be fulfilled.

He will be remembered as a family man, determined in character, strict in manner, yet fair and sensitive to those who knew him best.

He will be dearly missed by his loving family.

Mr. Bartnik is survived by his wife, Teresa Bartnik of Glenwood Springs; by sons and daughters-in-law Mark and Joanna Bartnik, and Andrew and Marisa Bartnik, all of Glenwood Springs; by grandchildren Kuba Bartnik and Gabriela Bartnik of Glenwood Springs; by a sister-in-law, Maria Faderska; and by a brother, several cousins and nephews.

Farnum Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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